Berhampur is a city near the eastern coastline of the Indian state of Odisha. It is located in the Ganjam district. This east Indian city is also known as Brahmapur. The city has around 4 lakh residents who mostly follow Hinduism. Although Odia is the commonly spoken language in this city, about 40% of the population speak in Telugu owing to the city being located near the state border between Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. The people of Berhampur are quite fond of theatre arts. The notable educational institutions in this city are the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Bhanja Bihar Campus of Berhampur University, Khallikote University, Lingaraj Law College, etc. The city experiences torrid summers and mild winters with heavy rainfall during the monsoon. The city is known for its innumerable temples.
The Vijaya Bank was founded by a group of farmers under the leadership of A. B. Shetty on 23 October 1931, in Mangaluru, Dakshina Kannada District of Karnataka State. It was named Vijaya Bank since it was found on the auspicious Vijayadashami Day. During the economic chaos created out of the Great Depression of 192730, Shetty approached some eminent personalities to start a bank with the aim of providing credit facilities at a lower rate of interest to the farmers for cultivating their lands and preventing them from falling in the grasp of money lenders. On 23 October 1931, Mr.Shetty involved 14 leaders and established Vijaya Bank. The bank had an authorized capital of ?Five lakh and an issued capital of ?Two lakh in the beginning. Being a retail bank, its topline growth has come from the retail segments. Retail advances of the bank constitute 30% of the gross credit. The Bank has been actively working with the agenda of financial inclusion. The bank has been started with the objective of financial empowerment and providing banking services to the rural masses. The Vijaya bank has also opened Basic Savings Bank Accounts under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana and provided Rupay debit cards to all the account holders. The bank participated in promoting social security schemes such as Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana, and Atal Pension Yojana.